"There were emails between lower officers, but when the leadership heard about it, they said to knock it off," a senior naval officer told CNN. The White House Military Office provides military support to the White House features, including food service, presidential, medical and emergency medical services and hospitality services.
Trump said he had no knowledge of any ship plans, tweeting Wednesday night: "I was not informed of anything that had to do with Navy Ship USS John S. McCain during my recent visit to Japan. nevertheless, @ FLOTUS and I loved being with our great military men and women – what a great job they do! "
Navy Cmdr. Clay Doss, a US seven-fleet spokesman, told CNN that "all ships remained in normal configuration during POTUS & # 39; visits."
The journal reported Wednesday that a tarpaulin was put in place to cover the ship's name as it could not be moved due to repairs. Three Navy officials pushed back on this claim and told CNN there was no tarp covering the ship's name when Trump was there.
"We did nothing to prevent the ship's name. The Wall Street Journal piece refers to a picture of a tarpaulin covering the ship. The photo was taken Friday, May 24, the tarp was removed the following day," a Third US Navy official told CNN.
Dossen told CNN that he could confirm "that the image of Tarp is from Friday, and it was said that they had not seen the emails in question taken down on Saturday. Paint pram was also removed before the visit "And Joe Buccino, a spokesman for acting defense minister Patrick Shanahan, told CNN that the secretary" was not aware of the USS John S McCain directive or was he aware of the concern about completing the directive. "
Officials pushed back on Journals reporting that a barge had been moved to hide the ship's name. An official said, "The pram had been there regularly. At an angle you may not have seen the name of the ship, but the name was visible at all times."
US Navy Information Manager, Chief Executive Charlie Brown, also tweeted Wednesday night that the name had been visible.
"The name of the USS John S. McCain was not immersed during the POTUS visit to Yokosuka on Memorial Day," Brown said in a tweet. "Navy is proud of the ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage."
Officials also told CNN sailors from both USS McCain and USS Stethem who had all four-day Memorial Day weekend passes. Not everyone was invited to attend the reception on the USS Wasp with Trump because there was not enough room.
Despite the president's tweet, he was not informed of anything to have with Navy Ship USS John S. McCain, "McCain's daughter Meghan McCain responded to Twitter Wednesday to journal reporting and called Trump" a child who will always be deeply threatened by the grandeur of my dads incredible life. "
" There is much criticism of how much I talk about my father, but nine months since he left, Trump won't let him go. So I have to stand up for him. That makes my grief unbearable, "she wrote.